Wellington Jighere, 32, who recently made history after he was crowned as the first African world champion in Scrabble has been rewarded for his achievement, receiving N1.5million ($7,500) from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari.
Jighere was presented with his reward at a reception held at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa in Abuja, and “his coach was given N1,2m [$6,000]. Team secretary of the Team Nigeria Scrabble team was given the sum of N450,000 [$2,250,” Pulse reported.
Sportspeople from various disciplines who excelled for Nigeria in 2015 were also honoured at the ceremony.
At the championship held in Perth, Australia, Jighere beat his opponent, Englishman Lewis MacKay, with four straight wins in an epic best-of-seven finale, to clinch the prestigious world title.
Jighere has competed in various regional and international competitions. In 2008 he won the Africa Scrabble Championship, held in Nairobi, Kenya, and defended his title in 2010 in Accra, Ghana. In the 2009, Jighere came out 11th in the World competition, and has previously won the prestigious Godswill Akpabio International Scrabble Classics.